eBay today announced
that it has hired Apple's RJ Pittman into a newly created role of Chief Product Officer for the online marketplace company. Pittman had been at Apple since early 2010
, when he left Google to become Apple's head of e-commerce, and he shared some thoughts
about his new career move.
“I think it’s pretty clear today eBay dominates the marketplace category,” Pittman said in an interview with AllThingsD. “I’m excited to come in and reinvent the way people buy and sell.”
“I loved what I was doing at Apple; it’s a great company … but eBay is on a completely different level by an order of magnitude when it comes to e-commerce,” he added.
Pittman's departure comes just days after Apple announced that Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts will be joining the company
early next year as head of retail and online store operations, but sources tell AllThingsD
that the timing was coincidental. Ahrendts' arrival will see a restructuring of Apple's sales efforts, with both retail and online operations operating under the same umbrella.